Yesterday began the season of Lent, a season of the church year that marks the forty days leading up to Easter, mirroring the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. It is typically a season of preparation.
But this year we’ll find that it is also a season of seeking, seeking God, seeking faith, seeking new beginnings. The stories of Lent are stories of Jesus encountering people who are seeking: Nicodemus, a Samaritan woman, a man born blind. In each story, what unfolds is an exchange filled with questions and exploration. Often, an unveiling occurs – assumptions are disrupted, a new perspective is revealed, mystery grows.
Like these characters we are seeking many things: clarity, connection, wonder, balance, love. We are seeking our calling, the sacred, and how to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Perhaps, we, like the characters of scripture, are asking big questions about our lives and faith. Whatever you are seeking, there is place for you in this season.
So, this Lent, you are invited to be a seeker. To come curious, open, and nimble. To ask hard questions and expand your perspective. You will find a safe place to wonder and explore, to be drawn more deeply into the fullness of life, into the heart of God.
There are many opportunities available to you this Lent; we know that you will not be able to participate in everything, but we hope you will choose to participate in something, whether communally or individually. We hope you will find a place to seek as we journey through Lent together.
Grace and peace